2020 Bachelor’s Degree Programme in Social Services, Diaconal Work

2021

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BASIC STUDIES
                                   
Orientation to studies at a higher education institution
                                   
Orientation to higher education studies 2
     
           
           
English
                                   
Professional English
                                   
English, oral proficiency 1.5    
       
           
     
English, written proficiency 1.5    
       
           
     
Swedish
                                   
Introduction to Swedish
                                   
Introduction to Swedish 2
     
           
           
Professional Swedish
                                   
Swedish, oral proficiency 1.5  
     
           
         
Swedish, written proficiency 1.5  
     
           
         
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PROFESSIONAL STUDIES
                                   
The ethical basis of professional encounters
                                   
Ethics and expertise in the social, health and church sectors 4
     
           
           
Human growth and development 3
     
           
           
Encounters and professional interaction 5
     
           
           
A changing social operating environment and the social legislation
                                   
Finnish society, social security and service system 5
     
           
           
The parish as an operating environment
                                   
The parish as an operating environment 5
     
           
           
Creativity and functionality as a resource and expertise
                                   
Creativity and functionality as a resource and expertise 5
     
           
           
First aid in social and church sector work
                                   
First aid in social and church sector work 1
     
           
           
Adult and youth social work
                                   
Basis of adult and youth social work 5  
     
           
         
Social change work 5  
     
           
         
Family work and child welfare
                                   
Family work and child welfare 5  
     
           
         
Methodological competence in social customer work
                                   
Methods of customer work 5  
     
           
         
Theological foundations of diaconia and Christian education I
                                   
Theological foundations of diaconia and Christian education I 5  
     
           
         
Variety of life paths
                                   
Disabilities 2  
       
           
       
Old age 2  
       
           
       
Mental health and intoxicating substances 4  
       
           
       
Theological foundations of diaconia and Christian education II
                                   
Theological foundations of diaconia and Christian education II 5  
       
           
       
Digital competence
                                   
Digital competence 4    
       
           
     
Basics of diversity and multiculturalism in professional work
                                   
Basics of diversity and multiculturalism in professional work 5    
       
           
     
Multicultural work and international responsibility of the church
                                   
Multicultural work and international responsibility of the church 5    
       
           
     
Expertise in diaconical work
                                   
Theology of helping and building a diaconal community 5    
       
           
     
Methods and social advocacy in diaconal work 5    
       
           
     
Pastoral counselling and spiritual guidance
                                   
Pastoral counselling and spiritual guidance 5    
         
           
   
Development of parish work
                                   
Development of parish work 5    
         
           
   
Civil society and organisation work
                                   
Civil society and organisation work 5      
         
           
 
Partner-oriented development of client work and service systems
                                   
Social and health economy 2      
         
           
 
Working life competence 4      
         
           
 
Customer-based development 5      
         
           
 
Project and entrepreneurial competence
                                   
Project and entrepreneurial competence 4      
           
           
Modern interpretations of Christianity
                                   
Modern interpretations of Christianity 5      
           
           
Community-based participatory research (CBPR)
                                   
Tools for developing the professional field I 3  
     
           
         
Tools for developing the professional field II 2  
       
           
       
Specialisation studies in social work
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Work placement
                                   
Work placement 1
                                   
Working life period/ practical training in client work/ in project work 13  
       
           
       
Supervisory small groups and critical professional reflection 1  
       
           
       
Work placement 2
                                   
Work placement in diaconal work 15    
         
           
   
Work placement 3
                                   
Collaboration project/work placement carried out with community partnerships 16      
         
           
 
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ELECTIVE STUDIES
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Supplementary professional competences
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THESIS
                                   
Community-based participatory research (CBPR)
                                   
Thesis
                                   
Development and innovation I 3    
       
           
     
Development and innovation II 2    
         
           
   
Development and innovation III 5      
         
           
 
Development and innovation VI 5      
           
           
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ECTS credits per period / semester / academic year 606060606060606060606060606060606060

Due to the timing of optional and elective courses, credit accumulation per semester / academic year may vary.

Completing a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Services gives the student the competence to work in social care. A person who has completed the degree can apply for the right to work as a licensed social service professional (sosionomi) from the National Supervisory Authority for Welfare and Health (Valvira) (Section 8 of the Act on Social Welfare Professionals 817/2015).
The degree includes at least 90 credits of theological studies and vocational studies related to parish and church work as referred to in the decision by the General Synod on 24 January 2017 (Church statutes no. 124). The degree gives the competence required from those who hold the office of a deacon at the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Finland and an office-holder (deacon) who carries out diaconal work as their main task.

BACHELOR’S DEGREE PROGRAMME IN SOCIAL SERVICES, DEACON (210 ECTS)

BASIC STUDIES:
Language and communication studies 11 ECTS, Orientation studies 2 ECTS

VOCATIONAL STUDIES:
Vocational studies 126 ECTS, work placement 45 ECTS, first aid in social and church sector work 1 ECTS.

ELECTIVE STUDIES:
Additional professional competence 10 ECTS

THESIS 15 ECTS

The studies comprise of seven thematic sections divided into study modules.
The thematic sections are:
• The basis of professional encounters and the service system 32 ECTS
• Inclusion and guidance 31 ECTS
• Variety of life paths and customer work 29 ECTS
• Applied and developing professionalism 30 ECTS
• Applied and developing expertise 32 ECTS
• Inclusive development 42 ECTS
• Critical social competence and advocacy 14 ECTS

Church studies (90 ECTS) are partially integrated with social service studies and partially separate.
They have the following structure:
• Theological studies 20 ECTS
• Church vocational studies 40 ECTS
• Parish and church working life studies 15 ECTS
• Thesis 15 ECTS

The studies follow the Community-Based Participatory Research model (CBPR) where learning and assignments can be used to benefit the development needs in the working life.